Press law needed, says report

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 04 March, 2000, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 04 March, 2000, 12:00am

China urgently needs to adopt a press law that has been under consideration for 10 years, two CPPCC members say in an article in the Guangzhou-based Nanfang Weekend newspaper.

'By now there are many cases all over China of reporters being beaten and regulations being violated. All these show the need for a press law,' said Zhang Ximing, director of a legal research centre at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

'With more than 600,000 working press, we really need reforms in the media.

'Public opinion supervision is not a short-term political action, not a political movement or a political slogan but a system for the Government to govern the country by law.' A press law was mooted after the 13th Party Congress when Zhao Ziyang outlined plans for political reform. A Guangdong delegate, Tong Zhiguang, reiterated the call at the 1998 National People's Congress.

CPPCC delegate Ai Feng said that two years ago the State Publication Bureau had said the draft law had been altered more than 10 times in 10 years and was still being revised.